(James Evans (left) and Easha Rayel (right) / Sidney/North Saanich RCMP)

The search for two Saanich Peninsula residents has resulted in a tragic discovery.

36-year-old Easha Rayel and 23-year-old James Evans were last seen August 9th.

The vehicle the pair were travelling in together, a blue 2002 BMW 325i, was believed to have been spotted in Vernon last week – that turned out to be a false sighting, according to family member.

In a release, Sidney / North Saanich RCMP said that vehicle was located today (August 24th), with two deceased people inside the car from an apparent motor vehicle incident. They did not say where the vehicle was located, however, it is believed to have been found crashed over an embankment along the Pat Bay Highway near Parkland Elementary school. 

The northbound lanes of the Pat Bay Highway were closed Saturday night as crews investigated. Motorists passing the scene said a coroner vehicle was on scene with a tent propped up.

While positive identification of the individuals has not yet been fully completed, family has been updated.

Police said there is no evidence of criminal behavior in this incident and they will not be making further comment.